An Alabama bill to make porch theft a felony punishable by years in prison

A state legislator in Alabama will introduce a new law to combat porch package theft.

State Sen. April Weaver (R-Brierfield) declared on December 20 that she will introduce legislation in the forthcoming 2024 regular session to make “porch pirating” a felony penalty.

An Alabama bill to make porch theft a felony punishable by years in prison

Up to 20 years in prison would be the penalty.

“During this Christmas and holiday season, most Alabamians are having gifts or purchases from online retailers delivered to their homes, but that also means the thieves who steal packages from porches and doorsteps are especially active, as well,” Weaver stated in a press release.

“Alabama needs an anti-theft law with penalties strong enough to convince porch pirates that stealing a delivery is not worth the price they will have to pay behind bars.”

An Alabama bill to make porch theft a felony punishable by years in prison

Weaver’s plan would establish tiers of prison sentences based on the value of the stolen objects.

If passed, Alabama would become the tenth state in the US to pass porch stealing legislation.

The regular session is set to begin on February 6.

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